Projects to Assess Bedsider in Ob-Gyn Practice

Bedsider for Postpartum Contraception Counseling 

This study conducted by Jennifer Bromley, MD and Karen Garancher, MD, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina aimed to decrease interpregnancy intervals and unintended pregnancy through improvements to postpartum contraceptive counseling. Postpartum patients in this study were pleased with the addition of Bedsider to their contraceptive counseling, and a statistically significant number of women chose long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods who were not previously considering one.

The Contraceptive Needs of Incarcerated Women: A Case Report

This project conducted by Ami Rice, MD, at the Indiana Women’s Prison aimed to provide contraception education to female inmates prior to their release. The project overcame several obstacles to improve contraceptive knowledge and access, and demonstrated great need and interest in both contraception and STI prevention among offenders.

Implementing a Web-based Resource to Increase Contraceptive Access at a University Health Clinic

This study by Mary Landry, MD, at the University of Wisconsin evaluated the effect of incorporating Bedsider into the clinical practice of a university-based health center. The number of students seen for contraceptive services, number of IUDs and implants placed, and patient satisfaction all increased after implementation of this Bedsider project

Patient and Provider Perspectives on in a Low-income, Racially Diverse Clinic Population

This mixed-methods study was conducted by Gregory M. Gressel, MD, at Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Dr. Gressel and his team performed a multipronged, mixed-methods assessment of Bedsider by clinicians, clinic staff, and patients in an urban, Medicaid-based clinic to assess how both groups perceive Bedsider, its potential integration into clinic workflow, and how Bedsider impacts knowledge of contraceptive options, including LARC methods. They found patient and clinician perceptions of Bedsider to be quite different.

Patient Knowledge Regarding Emergency Contraception: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Pamphlet Versus Web-Based Education

In this study by Charisse Loder, MD, and colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Bedsider was successful in improving knowledge about over-the-counter availability of emergency contraception (EC) in a clinic population. The study also found that both Bedsider and a standard paper pamphlet increased knowledge regarding EC definitions and the time period for effectiveness. Researchers also completed a survey of providers that found high EC knowledge among obstetrician–gynecologists and a willingness to recommend web-based educational tools to their patients.

Randomized Trial Comparing Initiation of Contraceptive Reminder Tool by Providers Versus Patients

This study by Ashlyn H. Savage, MD, MSCR and Angela R. Dempsey, MD, MPH at the Medical University of South Carolina that explored how to best initiate the contraceptive reminder tool provided on the website. Evidence shows that adherence to short-term contraceptive methods is poor. Online reminder tools, such as the one available through Bedsider, have the potential to improve patient satisfaction with contraceptive care and method adherence. This study found that signing women up for the reminder system was efficient and easily integrated into the patient visit, taking a median of only 4 minutes to complete. In addition, nearly all participants found Bedsider helpful and easy to use.


Mica Bumpus
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